With a very restricted choice of blooms, I had had these Leucojum vernum or ‘spring snowflakes’ in mind for several days, and fortunately they were still blooming happily on the edge of the woodland when I went to pick them yesterday.
Often mistaken for snowdrops by those with limited plant knowledge, they are both of the Amaryllidaceae family but have been long recognised as different species. Blooms of these leucojum and the taller L aestivum or summer snowflake are always bell shaped with 6 identical green-spotted petals, and lack the huge variation seen amongst true snowdrops or galanthus. Today they were joined in my vase by leaves of Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ and a sprig of ivy berries, the current caviare of the local berry-eating bird population.
Looking for something dark to place the material in, to reflect the blackness of the berries, I eventually chanced upon these chicken egg cups – at least that’s what I think they are! If you wanted to eat an egg out of one, or use it as a vase, the chicken would be standing on its back as it is here, much to the bemusement of the other chicken.
You may not have any blooms in your garden, but what about twigs or seedheads? Or maybe indoor bulbs? IAVOM is a big box, but please feel free to think outside out of it. If you do find material for a vase or eggcup or other receptacle today, then please consider sharing it with us by leaving the usual links to and from this post.